[ jang-guh l ]
/ ˈdʒæŋ gəl /

verb (used without object), jan·gled, jan·gling.

to produce a harsh, discordant sound, as two comparatively small, thin, or hollow pieces of metal hitting together: The charms on her bracelet jangle as she moves.
to speak angrily; wrangle.

verb (used with object), jan·gled, jan·gling.

to cause to make a harsh, discordant, usually metallic sound: He jangled the pots and pans.
to cause to become irritated or upset: The loud noise of the motors jangled his nerves.


a harsh or discordant sound.
an argument, dispute, or quarrel.

Nearby words

  1. janet,
  2. janet, pierre,
  3. janetta,
  4. janeway,
  5. janeway lesion,
  6. janice,
  7. janiceps,
  8. janiculum,
  9. janie,
  10. janiform

Origin of jangle

1250–1300; Middle English janglen < Old French jangler < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch jangelen to haggle, whine

Related formsjan·gler, nounjan·gly, adjective

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Examples from the Web for jangler

  • Been all the same if that there jangler had alarmed the whole blessed country.

    Mad|George Manville Fenn
  • And distinctly they heard the faint, far tinkle of the jangler calling again for "full speed ahead."

    The Riverman|Stewart Edward White
  • Chaucer, in his description of the Miller, calls this merry narrator of fabliaux a jangler and a goliardeis.

British Dictionary definitions for jangler


/ (ˈdʒæŋɡəl) /


to sound or cause to sound discordantly, harshly, or unpleasantlythe telephone jangled
(tr) to produce a jarring effect onthe accident jangled his nerves
an archaic word for wrangle


a harsh, unpleasant ringing noise
an argument or quarrel
Derived Formsjangler, noun

Word Origin for jangle

C13: from Old French jangler, of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch jangelen to whine, complain

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Word Origin and History for jangler
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